Asset Retirement Obligations
|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2016
|Asset Retirement Obligations [Abstract]|
|Asset Retirement Obligations||
The table below summarizes the activity for the Company’s asset retirement obligations:
Certain of the Company’s operating agreements require that assets be restricted for future abandonment obligations. Amounts recorded on the Consolidated Balance Sheets at December 31, 2016 and 2015 as long-term restricted investments were $3,332 and $3,309, respectively. These assets, which primarily include short-term U.S. Government securities, are held in abandonment trusts dedicated to pay future abandonment costs for several of the Company’s oil and natural gas properties.
The entire disclosure for an asset retirement obligation and the associated long-lived asset. An asset retirement obligation is a legal obligation associated with the disposal or retirement from service of a tangible long-lived asset that results from the acquisition, construction or development, or the normal operations of a long-lived asset, except for certain obligations of lessees.
Reference 1: http://www.xbrl.org/2003/role/presentationRef